The Fernie-based Creative Energy Arts Factory are gearing up to perform at Disneyland, California Studios this summer as part of Disney’s 60th Diamond Anniversary parade.
“They are both excited and a little bit nervous,” Creative Energy Arts Factory principle director Alana Rybar said of the 14 dancers. “Because it’s such a landmark year for Disneyland, it is expected that they will be performing in front of 30,000 people.”
The dancers, who range in age from nine to 18 years or age, will be performing from July 8 to July 12, with their showcase piece taking place on the Disney stage on the closing Sunday.
Rybar added, “They are also participating in two workshops throughout the week with the Disney Performing Arts Teachers and Choreographers, which is a dream come true for a dancer.”
The dancers began rehearsing last week and will be hosting various fundraisers between now and July to help fund the cost of the dance workshops.
The young ladies will also be performing their showcase routines at different community events over the next few months.
“This is a fantastic group of kids, not just great dancers but hard working kids with awesome attitudes,” said Rybar. “The team spans quite an age group and the senior dancers are so great and helpful with younger team members. They are a dance coach’s dream.”